REEport Progress/Final Report Accomplishments

May 28, 2013 Debra Cheung

At the beginning of this screen in REEport you will see a listing of the "major goals of this project." This list is pre-populated with the goals entered for the project in Project Initiation. If you are filling out this section of the template, it may be helpful to refer to the Goals section of the Project Initiation for the project.

In this section, NIFA defines Accomplishments as impacts and outcomes achieved as a result of the project AND the results of the experiments that led to the impacts and outcomes.

At the beginning of this box, before information on specific goals and objectives, include a statement of 1 to 2 paragraphs describing the IMPACT of your project. This statement will be a primary tool for briefing leadership and legislators about what has been accomplished with the public funding invested in grant programs. Refer back to the non-technical summary you provided at the outset of your project. This impact statement should reflect the results and conclusion of your work that will provide benefits to broad audiences. It is imperative that this portion of your report be written in plain, non-technical language. Please do feel free to use numbers that will be meaningful to non-scientific audiences such as community leaders, politicians, taxpayers, and farmers. You will need to translate results of your work into lay terms – things that everyday people can relate to. Consider reporting things like changes in economics, community dynamics, environmental conditions, or agricultural norms.

How to accomplish this:

Revisit the logic model for your project if you have one. Impact statements should arise from the outcomes described in a logic model. A good impact statement in a final report has three elements:

  1. State the issue in terms that will connect with a broad audience. Think back to what need you were seeking to address when you proposed the project.
  2. Describe, in general terms, who did what, and the results. Specific quantitative values or trends help validate the impact.
  3. Translate those results into broader outcomes in the real world. Engage your peripheral vision in order to remember how the work you are doing is important to the bigger picture and then explain that simply and directly.

What was accomplished under the major goals of this project?

For each goal listed in your project initiation form, there will be a numbered list of objectives. Please continue to use this format by numbering and restating the objective you are reporting on. Be certain to report on ALL objectives. For each objective, report for this reporting period on:

  • Major activities completed / experiments conducted;
  • Data collected;
  • Summary statistics and discussion of results; and
  • Key outcomes or other accomplishments realized.

Remember that key outcomes/accomplishments are defined as changes in knowledge, action, or condition.

A change in knowledge occurs when the participant (scientist, trainee, or citizen) learns or becomes aware.

  • Examples of a change in new fundamental or applied knowledge significant enough to be included in a publication; methods and techniques; policy knowledge; improved skills; or increased knowledge of decision-making, life skills, and positive life choices among youth and adults.

A change in action occurs when there is a change in behavior or the participants act upon what they have learned (adoption of techniques and methods or a change in practice).

  • Examples of a change in actions include: application and actual use of fundamental or applied knowledge; adoption of new or improved skills; direct application of information from publications; adoption and use of new methods or improved technologies; use of skills by youth and adults in making informed choices; adoption of practical policy and use of decision-making knowledge.

A change in condition occurs when a societal condition is changed due to a participant's action.

  • Examples of a change in conditions include: development of human resources; physical, institutional, and information resources that improve infrastructure technology transfer; management and behavioral changes and adjustments; quantified changes in descriptive statistics (trade balance, export sales, etc.); better and less expensive animal health; changes in conditions (e.g., wages, health care benefits, etc.) of the agricultural workforce; higher productivity in food provision; quantified changes in quality-of-life for youth and adults in rural communities; safer food supply; reduced obesity rates and improved nutrition and health; or higher water quality (e.g., increased water clarity) and a cleaner environment (e.g., measurably reduced pollution).

NOTE: Include a discussion of stated goals not yet met. As the project progresses, the emphasis in reporting in this section should shift from reporting activities to reporting accomplishments (such as in later Progress Reports or in the Final Report of this project).


What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?

Describe opportunities for training and professional development provided to anyone who worked on the project or anyone who was involved in the activities supported by the project.

  • Training activities are those in which individuals with advanced professional skills and experience assist others in attaining greater proficiency. Training activities may include, for example, courses or one-on-one work with a mentor.
  • Professional development activities result in increased knowledge or skill in one’s area of expertise and may include workshops, conferences, seminars, study groups, and individual study. Include participation in conferences, workshops, and seminars not listed under major activities.

If the research is not intended to provide training and professional development opportunities or there is nothing significant to report during this reporting period, click the "nothing to report" box.


How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest?

Describe how the results have been disseminated to communities of interest. Include any outreach activities that have been undertaken to reach members of communities who are not usually aware of these research activities for the purpose of enhancing public understanding and increasing interest in learning and careers in science, technology, and the humanities.


What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the major goals?

Describe briefly what you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals and objectives.

If there are no changes to the agency-approved application or plan for this effort (i.e. nothing was submitted through the "project change" module), click the box for "nothing to report."


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